Messe Frankfurt India — first physical trade fair

LED Expo and Media Expo slated in November 2021

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Messe Frankfurt India for its very first edition after lockdown, India’s renowned trade fairs LED Expo & Media Expo will open doors to the industries from 18 to 20 November 2021 at the India Exposition Mart Ltd (IEML). Organised under the safety parameters of MFI SafeConnect, the platforms will provide a secure meeting space for face-to-face business networking and aim to draw attention to indigenous manufacturing and domestic collaborations.
 
Regarded as one of the most influential events for the business of LED technology, LED Expo this year will focus on supporting business recovery and localisation with made-in-India products and applications for LED technologies. More than 100 Indian exhibitors from across the country are expected to showcase their latest innovations at the three-day fair including leading players such as Tata Communications, Acme Lighting, ALS (Innovative India Illumination), JSB Lighting, Glow Green, GEEP Industries India, CITI Lights, Led Fixtures among others. As the first hybrid edition, LED Expo’s physical event will be extended to include additional digital content for the benefit of sector players unable to attend this year.
The mega event is being supported by the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), Indian Building Congress (IBC), Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), KNX Association and the Luminaires Accessories Components Manufacturers Association (LACMA). Alongside the show, the Virtual LED Summit will also cover significant trends affecting the industry under the themes of Blue-light hazards from LEDs, Lighting Controls and IoT and the role of an architectural lighting designer as well as product demos by K Lite, Ltech, Cygnus Lighting, Aastha LED Lights, Lightberry, Jdianm Lighting P Ltd, Aarenza Die Cast Private Limited, Optiks Mechatronics Pvt Ltd, Sri JSB Lighting Company, Om Circuit Boards Pvt Ltd and many more. Highlighting the market upheaval amidst the pandemic and rising revenue trends from 2022 onwards, an exclusive report on the India Lighting Control System Market Report will be unveiled by 6W Research during the fair.
Concurrently scheduled alongside the show, Media Expo will focus on LED and digital signages, advancements in printing technologies and advertising solutions. After a hiatus of over two years, this dynamic industry is gearing to showcase live demonstrations of printing machines, POP and POS displays, promotional in-store signages, printing inks and 3D printers, fabricating, finishing & decorating machines, architectural hardware, sign substrates, digital printers, digital imaging, digital signage, signage-led and neon and innovative advertising solutions that remain crucial to connect with consumers. The platform will re-unite advertising professionals with leading OOH and printing manufacturers including HP, Colorjet, Mehta Cad Cam, Orafol, Angel Cad Cam, Monotech, Rextone, Silicon Infotech, Timex Bond and brands such as Seiko, Kow, Richo among others. Many of the participating brands have chosen the platforms to launch, demonstrate or announce their entry into new segments after the lockdown.

Messe Frankfurt India renewed focus

Elaborating on the renewed focus of the b2b trade shows this year, Mr Raj Manek, managing director, Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India shared, “There is a high level of commitment within the sectors to bolster their domestic supply chains and get business back on track. Re-uniting the industries is, therefore, crucial to support localisation and at the same time provide a push to local manufacturers.” Explaining further, he added, “Almost 20% of our exhibitors participating at both LED Expo and Media Expo this edition are new local manufacturers which indicate how the platforms this year, through its regional focus, can significantly drive indigenous manufacturing and domestic collaborations.”
Focusing on success and safety in equal measure, the German trade fair organiser has given special emphasis on creating a minimal contact and safe sourcing experience with a new express entry registration format for business visitors and added hygiene protocols on-site.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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